Six Summit Circuit

Written by Haydn Williams

Conscious of the forthcoming OMM, I snuck in a run with Greg at the weekend. We met on Saturday at Ben’s Bunkhouse under a rainy Nant Peris sky, but it soon eased off as we climbed relentlessly through the slate quarries towards the summit of Elidir Fach.

This was actually as steep as it looks. © Haydn Williams 2012
This was actually as steep as it looks. © Haydn Williams 2012

As we fought for height, we could eventually see the first snow of the year on the top of Snowdon. I know it’s still early, but here’s hoping for a good winter season! With Elidir Fach ticked – a new one for me as well as Greg – we headed up to Elidir Fawr and Mynydd Perfedd before taking an out-and-back detour to Carnedd y Filiast.

First summit of the day, and I already look like a berk. Elidir Fach. © Haydn Williams 2012
First summit of the day, and I already look like a berk. Elidir Fach. © Haydn Williams 2012
Yes, the photo's wonky. I was running. Mynydd Perfedd. © Haydn Williams 2012
Yes, the photo’s wonky. I was running. Mynydd Perfedd. © Haydn Williams 2012

The horror of the Foel Goch zig-zags hadn’t diminished since I’d last done them, but we were soon on the final slog up to Y Garn.

Still no rain! Carnedd y Filiast. © Haydn Williams 2012
Still no rain! Carnedd y Filiast. © Haydn Williams 2012

A breezy summit snack was devoured, before we performed another U-turn and re-traced our steps towards Bwlch y Cywion. All downhill from there, we made it back to Nant Peris in half an hour from the summit of Y Garn. We still took the slightly winding route into Cwm Dudodyn towards the end, so I’d love to see how quick it is to just head straight down the hillside from summit to village.

Last one of the day - on the summit of Y Garn. © Haydn Williams 2012
Last one of the day – on the summit of Y Garn. © Haydn Williams 2012

All told, we covered eleven miles in three and a half hours, with around 1,400m of ascent. A proper OMM day will obviously be much longer, but this was good for the confidence if nothing else!

A leisurely afternoon of shopping was followed by the return of the rest of the MPS crew, who had been variously over Crib Goch and on the Glyders. I then retreated to Beddgelert for a nice relaxed dinner in the pub with Dad who’d come through on his bike, although I’ll confess the day’s exersions did have me rudely falling asleep by 10PM.

Some indecision with my plans in the morning eventually saw me heading up Moel Siabod, but without my camera I’m afraid!

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